PHS wrestling: Rio Jensen

Rio Jensen, seen here wrestling last season, is one of three athletes on the PHS girls squad this winter.

On the strength of eight top-three finishes and two champions, the Philomath High School wrestling team finished second Saturday in the Scio Holiday Wrestling Tournament.

Sophomore Connar Kohn and senior Brooks Stearns both earned titles at the 13-school meet. Freshman Blake Niemann, freshman Blaise Pindell, senior Hunter McCaskill, sophomore Austin Murphree and senior Noah Estes all had runner-up finishes. Sophomore Issiah Blackburn placed third.

“Overall, it was a great team effort. We had four wrestlers make it to their first finals in Niemann, Pindell, Murphree and Estes,” PHS coach Troy Woosley said. “A couple more wrestlers got their first career wins.”

Kohn rolled through three straight opponents for first place at 195 pounds. Kohn’s path to the top of the medal stand included pins over Taft’s Jeff Adair, Scio’s Riley Zimmerman and Nestucca’s Conner Cook.

At 220 pounds, Stearns defeated four opponents to take the title. He pinned Amity’s Braedon Bailey, Taft’s Jesse Carrillo and Nestucca’s Isaac Barnes to reach the championship match where he pinned Central Linn’s Jimmy North.

“Kohn and Stearns were dominate in their weight classes with Stearns beating a returning state placer from Central Linn in finals,” Woosley said.

Niemann wrestled in the championship match at 106 pounds after defeating his opponent from Scio in the semifinals on a pin. Yamhill-Carlton’s Reily Liesegang got the win over Niemann for first.

Pindell also had just two matches on the mat in his weight class at 126 with a pin over Santiam Christian’s Austin Bradford in the semis and a loss to Scio’s Kade Mask in the finale.

McCaskill won two of three matches at 138 with wins over Taft’s Riley Ellis and Colton’s Dylan Bonfield and a loss in the finals to Scio’s Lance Vanhoose.

Murphree earned runner-up at 182, reaching finals with pins over Taft’s Victor Carrasco, Scio’s Joseph Nelson and Santiam Christian’s David Choi. In the title bout, he lost by pin to Scio’s Josiah Nordstom.

Estes wrestled just twice at 285 and reached the championship match with a pin over Yamhill-Carlton’s Dylan McInnis. In the finals, he lost on a 6-1 decision to Central Linn’s Justin Malone.

Blackburn opened at 182 with a pin over Yamhill-Carlton’s Carson Bennett but lost in the quarterfinals to Scio’s Nordstom. He came back to pin Taft’s Chris Byrum in the consolation semis and then won the third-place match over Taft’s Carrasco.

Other PHS wrestlers who had victories in bouts that materialized on the mat were senior Morgan French (145), sophomore Garrett Blowers (145), junior Cooper Latz (152), sophomore Matthew Hamlet (160), sophomore Matt Workman (195) and freshman Joseph Choi (220).


Philomath’s three wrestlers all placed and earned points to give the Warriors sixth place in the Springfield Girls Invitational, an event that featured competitors from 25 schools.

Senior Rio Jensen and junior Emma Lalande lost just once on the day but because they lost in early rounds and with the way the brackets were set up, the best they could finish was fifth.

Jensen, wrestling at 120, took a first-round victory over South Medford’s Mckenna Prince in 3:42 before falling in the next round to Reedsport Charter’s Yesenia Valezquez, the eventual runner-up. Jensen responded by pinning Elmira’s Linda Cline and Eureka’s Dulce Pimentel-Hulbert to reach the fifth-place match. In a rematch against Prince, Jensen got the pin in 2:38.

At 155 pounds, Lalande opened with a first-period win over Eureka’s Majesta Ford before falling for a second straight week to Thurston’s Denail Deardorff. But Lalande came right back to pin Oakridge’s Ke-aloni Cole and then in the fifth-place bout, beat South Eugene’s Ruth Jones on a 3-0 decision.

Freshman Reynece Ryan placed fourth with a 1-2 record in the 190-pound division. Ryan won her first bout with a pin in 55 seconds over Lake Oswego’s Katie Cantrell. She lost her next two matches, including for third to Crow’s Tayla Parsons.

The wrestling team now has a bit of a break from competition until the Dec. 22 Molalla Mayhem Tournament. The Warriors will head to Monroe Dec. 27 for this year’s edition of the Benton County Championships.

Scio Holiday Wrestling Tournament

Saturday at Scio

Team scoring: Scio 204.5, Philomath 189, Taft 160, Yamhill-Carlton 147, Santiam Christian 83.5, Central Linn 69, Nestucca 68, Colton 52, Sheridan 48.5, Amity 48, Gervais 27, Riddle 26, Kennedy 0.

PHS results

106 — Blake Niemann (1-1, 2nd): Pinned Riana Martin, Scio; pinned by Reily Liesegang, Yamhill-Carlton.

113 — Michael Godin (0-2): Pinned by Blake Runioin, Amity; pinned by Roman Hovey, Yamhill-Carlton.

126 — Blaise Pindell (1-1, 2nd): Pinned Austin Bradford, Santiam Christian, 8-4; pinned by Kade Mask, Scio.

126 — Ben Gary (0-2, 4th): Pinned by Kade Mask, Scio; pinned by Austin Bradford, Santiam Christian.

132 — Hunter Kaumanns (1-2): Pinned by Logan Beem, Santiam Christian; won by forfeit over Caylib Newman, Sheridan; pinned by Ethan Tindall, Yamhill-Carlton.

138 — Hunter McCaskill (2-1, 2nd): Pinned Riley Ellis, Taft; pinned Dylan Bonfield, Colton; lost dec. Lance Vanhoose, Scio, 5-2.

145 — Morgan French (1-2): Pinned by Nahum Mondragon, Nestucca; pinned Josh Chapin, Santiam Christian; pinned by Jaime Garcia, Yamhill-Carlton.

145 — Garrett Blowers (1-2): Pinned by Kaden Eggers, Sheridan; pinned Levi Janssen, Santiam Christian; pinned by Nahum Mondragon, Nestucca.

152 — Cooper Latz (1-2): Pinned Rolando Miranda, Gervais; pinned by Jacob Mask, Scio; lost dec. Chase Couch, Yamhill-Carlton, 8-4.

160 — Matthew Hamlet (2-2); Lost tech. fall Luke Mehlschau, Santiam Christian, 16-0; pinned Ismael Solorio, Amity; pinned Gavin Davis, Nestucca; lost dec. Luke Mehlschau, Santiam Christian, 11-4.

170 — Cody Griffin (0-2): Pinned by Joseph Moore, Colton; pinned by David Jin, Taft.

182 — Issiah Blackburn (3-1, 3rd): PInned Carson Bennett, Yamhill-Carlton; pinned by Josiah Nordstom, Scio; dec. Chris Byrum, Taft, 7-6; pinned Victor Carrasco, Taft.

182 — Austin Murphree (3-1, 2nd): Pinned Victor Carrasco, Taft; pinned Joseph Nelson, Scio; pinned David Choi, Santiam Christian; pinned by Josiah Nordstom, Scio.

195 — Matt Workman (1-2): Pinned by Jace Fostveit, Taft; pinned Randy Tipsword, Philomath; lost dec. Riley Zimmerman, Scio, 12-8.

195 — Connar Kohn (3-0, 1st): Pinned Jeff Adair, Taft; pinned Riley Zimmerman, Scio; pinned Conner Cook, Nestucca

195 — Randy Tipsword (0-2): Pinned by Conner Cook, Nestucca; pinned by Matt Workman, Philomath.

220 — Brooks Stearns (4-0, 1st): Pinned Braedon Bailey, Amity; pinned Jesse Carrillo, Taft; pinned Isaac Barnes, Nestucca; pinned Jimmy North, Central Linn.

220 — Joseph Choi (1-2): Pinned by Jimmy North, Central Linn; pinned Jesse Carrillo, Taft; pinned by Elijah Hagler, Colton.

285 — Noah Estes (1-1, 2nd): Pinned Dylan McInnis, Yamhill-Carlton; lost dec. Justin Malone, Central Linn, 6-1.

Note: Times on pins not available.

Springfield Girls Invitational

Saturday at Springfield

Team scoring: Thurston 219.5, Eureka 174, Pleasant Hill 58, Elmira 48, Junction City 48, Philomath 41, Oakridge 40, Reedsport Charter 39, South Medford 38, Central 26, Mountain View 26, Lake Oswego 21, South Umpqua 18, Churchill 15, Crow 15, Tigard 15, Wilson 14, South Eugene 11, North Eugene 7, Summit 6, Ashland 4, Lakeridge 4, Springfield 2.5, South Salem 0, Willamette 0.

PHS Results

120 — Rio Jensen 4-1, 5th): Pinned Mckenna Prince, South Medford, 3:42; pinned by Yesenia Velazquez, Reedsport Charter, 0:21; pinned Linda Cline, Elmira, 1:06; pinned Dulce Pimentel-Hulbert, Eureka, 2:23; pinned Mckenna Prince, South Medford, 2:38.

155 — Emma Lalande (3-1, 5th): Pinned Majesta Ford, Eureka, 1:45; pinned by Denali Deardorff, Thurston, 2:31; pinned Ke-aloni Cole, Oakridge, 2:31; dec. Ruth Jones, South Eugene, 3-0.

190 — Reynece Ryan (1-2, 4th): Pinned Katie Cantrell, Lake Oswego, 0:55; pinned by Aracely Rendon-Gomez, Eureka, 2:14; pinned by Tayla Parsons, Crow, 2:38.

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